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Holiday Hero! Posted on 2016-12-08 by David Nance

Last weekend, I was involved in yet another 48 Hour Film challenge. This time it was more of a private invite by a local actors' worskshop called Freehold Theater Lab/Studio, which offers classes for actors and directors. On of the members decided it would be fun to put together their own Holiday 48 Film challenge to give an opportunity to their actors to be in camera and do something fun, and I was offered an oportunity to form a team as long as I used at least one of their actors in the cast.

I obviously said Ho Ho Hail Yes! because after doing the Horror 48 film challenge, I knew this would be a snap because Holiday films are basically any genre, except you have twinkly lights, a Christmas tree, maybe some snow in the background. None of this CGI, special FX makeup, buckets of blood stuff (although they had fake blood if needed).

On Friday, the team leads met, including myself, and we rolled a die to see what would be our genre, character name (in this case, one of two people associated with the Freehold group), and a required line or action (again, the lines were pretty much inside jokes such as "Explore the you you don't know"... stuff that an acting instructor who studied with Meisner would say). With a roll of the die, my team got the Superhero genre, Robin as the character (and Robin in this case is an East Coast acting instructor who studied with Meisner), and a spit take as the required action.

I was hoping for Romantic Comedy, so I decided to make a RomCom with a superhero in it. The story was a parody of Superman/Clark Kent, and Lois Lane. The Lois Lane character (heretofore named Lisa Rodes) moves into a new apartment and mets her new neighbor Chuck (or the Clark Kent character). Meanwhile, she is strugling as a reporter of the local newspaper/blog because she wants the story to uncover the real identity of Superman (or SuperDude in this case), but that gig was given to the Editor-In-Cheif (who's name is Robin) gave it to the veteran reporter Tom.

In the end, I wrote a 7 page script on Friday night, we shot it all at an apartment where the acotr playing SuperDude/Chuck lived (who was also our DP and gaffer). And on Saturday we all showed up at his place to shoot it. And on Sunday, I edited and put in music and sound effects.

Tomorrow is the screening with the Freehold folks. There will be an audience award based on votes, and there is a panel of judges who will determine Best Actor/Actress, Best Director, and Best Writing. So we will see how it goes! 

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